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Meet the Governors

Welcome to St Mary's Priory Schools Governing Body

Welcome to the Governance page of Plympton St. Mary Infant school and Old Priory Junior Academy Governing Body.  Both schools are part of St. Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust; “A strong family of outstanding schools, serving their community and contributing fully to the provision of education, collaborating with other partners to achieve common goals.”

 

The Multi Academy Trust is accountable in Law for all decisions about its academies however, the Local Governing Bodies have been delegated responsibilities by the Trust which along with working with the senior leadership team ensures that day to day decisions regarding the school's are made locally by those who know the school best. The Local Governing Board also supports staff to ensure that the School continues to move forward in line with its School Improvement Plan.

 

The Local Governing Board is made up of dedicated volunteers all of whom have different skills and experience and have a common commitment to education, the school children, staff, parents/carers and the local community.

 

Governors have specific areas of responsibility:

 

Chair of Governors:            Robert Harris

Vice-Chair of Governors:   Ray Nair

Safeguarding Lead:            Sarah Shelton

Clerk to the LGB                 Sam Brown   email:  old.clerk@stcmat.org

If you wish to contact the Governing Body, or you are interested in becoming a governor, please email the clerk.

Composition of governors for 2022/23

N.B: please use the sliding bar to see governor attendance figures at 2021/22 meetings

Current Governors 

Name 

Type of Governor 

Appointing Body 

Role 

Term Start/End 

Committee(s)  

Registered Interests 

Attendance 2021/22 

Luke GilesFoundationTrustSafeguarding Deputy01/03/23LGB, P&P, AdmissionsEmployee @ Heles schooln/a

Robert Harris 

Parish Priest Ex-officio 

Trust 

Chair of Governors;

Ethos & Community

n/a 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

 

Team Rector, Plympton, Diocese of Exeter; Company Director @ Eden; Charity trustee @ Exeter Diocesan Board of Education, EDBE schools organisation and governance group, Exeter Diocesan Education Network committee

5 of 6 

Emma Kingwell 

Staff 

Staff 

 

31/08/22 

LGB 

None

4 of 6 

Mike Lewis 

Foundation 

Trust 

Premises, H&S, Maintenance

31/03/22 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

Employee @ Babcock international

2 of 3 

Ray Nair 

Foundation 

Trust 

Vice Chair;

Disadvantaged Pupils

01/09/22 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

Retail Manager Furniture Industry 

n/a 

Suzie Ottewell 

Ex-officio 

Trust 

Headteacher 

n/a 

LGB, Admissions 

 

6 of 6 

Sarah Shelton 

Parent 

Parents/carers 

Safeguarding Lead

21/09/22 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

Friends of St Marys School & Old Priory Juinor PTFA member. Livewell employee - might offer services to families/pupils at these schools 

n/a 

Victoria Whittingham 

Parent 

Parents/carers 

Curriculum & Standards

21/09/22 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

Employed teacher.  Owner/proprietor of DMW Plumbing

n/a 

Emma Young 

Foundation 

Trust 

Curriculum & Standards

16/12/19 

LGB, P&P, Admissions 

 

Head of School Plaistow Hill Infant & Nursery School & Ex-officio governor

2 of 6 

VACANCY 

Foundation 

Trust 

 

 

 

 

 

VACANCY 

Foundation 

Trust 

 

 

 

 

 

VACANCY 

Co-opted 

LGB 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Burt 

Associate 

LGB 

Deputy Headteacher 

 

 

 

5 of 6 

 

Governors that have ceased governing in the last 12 months 

 

 

 

Start date 

End date 

Reason 

 

 

Karen Aspinall 

Parent 

Trust 

22/05/18 

21/05/22 

End of term 

 

6 of 6 

Sarah Woolven-Allen 

 

 

07/10/19 

31/07/22 

Resignation 

 

5 of 6 

 

Hello! I'm Luke Giles, Community and Enrichment Manager at Hele's School in Plympton. I share the excitement for Old Priory & St Mary's Vision, Values and School Aims and will strive to help give every child the opportunity to learn and succeed in all that they do by supporting teaching, learning and wellbeing.   

Hi, my name is Ray Nair and I currently have a daughter and son who attend St Mary's and Old Priory. I'm originally from London and have worked in retail for over 20 years in various management capacities. As governor I feel it's hugely important that both schools are operating to a high standard and giving those attending every opportunity to flourish and grow into confident and capable individuals.

My name is Sarah Shelton and I currently have one child who attends St Marys Priory Schools. I have been part of the school community for 7 years and you are likely to have met me as part of the PTA. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and going for walks. As governor, I am looking forward to supporting the continued improvement and journey of the schools and ensuring that our children have the best learning experiences possible during their time here.

Victoria Whittingham: I am a parent of two lovely children, one is in year 4 and the other is in EYFS. I have been teaching for 17 years in various Primary schools across Surrey and Devon and previously been a staff Governor. I’m hoping to support both schools within their journey to being the best they can be.   

My name is Emma Young and I currently have two daughters that attend St Marys Priory Schools. As the headteacher of a local school, I am passionate about education and ensuring children have access to excellent teaching and learning opportunities. I am also an advocate for a holistic approach to learning, so children are nurtured by experiences such as trips, forest school and positive relationships. In my spare time, I enjoy dog walks and swimming with my family. I take my role as governor seriously to ensure that OUR children have the best possible education whilst at St Marys Priory Schools.    

Statement

“Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Values

Love, Friendship, Thankfulness, Respect, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Trust

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